During the first part of the trip, I spent time in the states of Veracruz and Tabasco with my advisor, Liliana Cortés Ortiz collecting samples (blood, fecal, hair) from which we will be extracting DNA. I will be using many of these samples for my thesis project, which investigates genetic relatedness among intragroup adult females of both species.
|Collecting samples and taking morphometric data from an adult A. palliata individual|
I also assisted in data collection for Lucy Ho’s dissertation project. She is a Ph.D. student in the UM department of Psychology. Lucy is interested in female howler monkey social behavior, more specifically, the effect of hybridization on female-female social interactions. So, we spent a lot of time staring up trees recording the monkey’s behaviors and movements.
|Lucy trying to locate an A. pigra study group in Macuspana|
To end, here are some of my favorite moments in snapshots!